Timo Werner explains why he didn’t take a penalty against Aston Villa

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Chelsea striker Timo Werner’s Chelsea career has yet to really take off, and that has also been stunted by the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

The German international has already seen his game time reduced in the early stages of this season, with Tuchel preferring Lukaku and Werner’s German international team mate, Kai Havertz, ahead of him.

He has been struggling in front of goal in the early moments of his Chelsea career, but now he is into his second season at the club, patience will soon grow thin.

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He got a rare chance to start a match and play the whole game last night as Chelsea beat Aston Villa on penalties to go through to round four of the Carabao Cup.

Werner scored a lovely headed goal to put Chelsea 1-0 up, and a goal that should at least give him some more confidence going forward. However he didn’t fixture in the shootout and that came up as a surprise to those watching as 21 years old James was the one who stepped to take the decisive penalty.

Werner have now revealed via Chelsea Official App media the reason for his absence in the shootout.

The German international claimed he was having a pain in the calf and everyone preferred a fit player should be the one to step in for the kicks.

What Werner Said Speaking to the Chelsea Fifth Stand App

“First of all, I had pain in my calf and couldn’t go out. When you have fit players on the pitch, it is better they shoot than I do today.”

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